One of the earliest German Democratic Republic passports! East German passport are part of my archive and collection. The first passport act was released by Wilhelm Pieck, President of the German Democratic Republic in September 1954. However, this is the earliest GDR passport I ever have seen. Issued in June 1955 with passport number 1043. I do have another document from July 1955 (No.4214). Does a GDR passport from 1954 even exists? I do have also a 1953 GDR Seaman’s book.

I am happy to got this early one, issued to VERA THIES on 3 June 1955 in Berlin. Vera had a bachelor degree as Philologist and was sent for a three month cultural exchange program to Hungary. Her passport included a unusual official document of the Government of the German Democratic Republic, Office for Literature and Publishing. Also included is a separate document “Attachment to the GDR ID card” from 1960, where she again traveled for 3 month to Hungary.

This is fantastic GDR passport history and I hope one day I will find an even older one.


  • Is this one of the earliest East German (GDR) passports ever?


Here the letter from the Office for Literature and Publishing and the attachment to the ID card.

Letter from the office of Literature and Publishing Attachment to GDR ID cars 1960

One of the earliest German Democratic Republic passports